Cardinals after JUCO All-American Louis Holmes

Defensive end <B>Louis Holmes</b> of Scottsdale (AZ) College is drawing the interest of coaches nationwide and has already collected a number of impressive scholarship offers.

The recruiting process isn't anything new for Scottsdale (AZ) Community College defensive end Louis Holmes. As a high school senior at Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Holmes committed to Ohio State.

Following a year of prep school in Maine, he joined the Scottsdale CC program and quickly reminded everyone of why he was so well regarded during his prep years. Last season Holmes totaled 102 tackles and 11 sacks, earning him JC first team All-American and first team All-Region honors.

It's starting to get crazy, pretty hectic," said Holmes of the recruiting process. "A lot of schools want to see what I can do."

Among the schools already fully aware of his impressive talents are Louisville, Arizona, Arizone State, Michigan State and Utah, all of which have extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end prospect.

"It feels good, but I'm still staying busy," Homes of the scholarship offers. "I've been through it all before. Right now spring practice is going and I'm staying focused on that."

Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Auburn, USC and UCLA are among the others also expressing considerable interest.

"I talk with Coach Levine at Louisville," said Holmes, who will have two years to play two. "They have been interested in me for awhile now."

As interest continues to grow, Holmes says that he wants to take his time and utilize all of his official visits prior to making a decision.

"I want to take my time," Holmes explained. "I might make a decision in the middle of the year, but I definately want to take all five of my visits so I can see the different schools."

So, does a school have the inside track to one of the nation's top junior college prospects.

"I'm pretty much open right now," Holmes added.


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